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by Matt Long

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In the blink of an eye New York Firefighter Matt Long went from being a 3:13 marathon finisher and an Ironman triathlete to being given a 5% chance of surviving the injuries he sustained when a bus made an illegal turn and hit him while he was riding his bike to work. The Long Run details Long's incredible story of survival and his battle to regain his life as an athlete. This book was impossible to put down (read it in less than a day) and had me in tears by the end! ( )
  FireandIce | Oct 30, 2011 |
  bibliovermis | Sep 13, 2011 |
Terrific book about an amazing man pushing against all odds to recover from a tragedy that would have killed most. ( )
  bettikins | May 22, 2011 |
I don't know exactly what it is about this guy but I just loved his voice and his story. I think I would have liked Matt Long had I known him before his accident. His spirit and eventual successes (the NYC marathon, completing an Ironman) just make him all the more likeable. Matt is painfully honest about his injuries and the impacts they have had on his body. He also admits to periods of deep despair and depression. I felt like cheering though when Matt picked himself up and through grit and determination became an athlete once again. ( )
  bc104 | Dec 3, 2010 |
If you’re in search of inspiration, Matt Long’s story will certainly fit the bill. Five years ago, Matt, a New York City firefighter, marathon runner and Ironman, sustained life-threatening injuries when he was hit by a bus while riding his bike. The competitive athlete went from hard-core training sessions to being unable to control his own bodily functions, his future uncertain.

This is the story of Matt’s life before the accident, of his large, close-knit Irish Catholic family, his career, his passion for running, and his larger-than-life personality. These glimpses of his previous life are interspersed with the daily battles of his recovery. The sensitive details of his rehabilitation and injuries are not spared, which gives the reader an even greater appreciation of all that he has accomplished since.

Matt suffers depression in the face of his drastically-changing life, gradually isolating himself until one day, his love of running gives him something to live for: he is determined, despite the odds, to not only run again, but to run the New York City marathon. Amidst setbacks, doubts, and unimaginable physical pain, Matt pushes forward, in the process becoming an inspiration to those around him.

I found myself immersed in Matt’s story and unable to put the book down. It was impossible not to be deeply affected by his journey, and tears came to my eyes more than once during the course of this book. It was thought-provoking and endlessly inspiring, and will be appreciated by both runners and non-runners. ( )
  Litfan | Nov 28, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 160529246X, Hardcover)

New York City firefighter’s emotional and inspiring memoir of learning to run again after a debilitating accident, based on the wildly popular March 2009 piece in Runner’s World.

On the morning of December 22, 2005, Matt Long was cycling to work in the early morning when he was struck by and sucked under a 20-ton bus making an illegal turn. The injuries he sustained pushed him within inches of his life. Miraculously, more than 40 operations and months later, Matt was able to start his recovery. In spite of the severity of his injuries, Matt found the psychological consequences of the accident nearly as hard to process. He would no longer be able to compete at the highest level.
In the 18 months before the accident, he had competed in more than 20 events including several triathlons and marathons and had qualified for running’s most prestigious race, the Boston Marathon. After the accident, his doctor told him he’d be lucky if he could even walk without a cane.
The Long Run is an emotional and incredibly honest story about Matt’s determination to fight through fear, despair, loneliness, and intense physical and psychological pain to regain the life he once had. The book chronicles Matt’s road to recovery as he teaches himself to walk again and, a mere three years later, to run in the 2008 New York City Marathon—a gimpy seven-and-a-half hour journey through the five boroughs. “Running saved my life,” Matt says, and his embrace of the running community and insistence on competing in the marathon has inspired many, turning him into a symbol of hope and recovery for untold numbers of others.

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The emotional and incredibly honest story of Matt's determination to fight through fear, despair, loneliness, and intense physical and psychological pain to regain the life he once had. It chronicles Matt's road to recovery as he teaches himself to walk again and, a mere three years later, to run in the 2008 New York City Marathon.… (more)

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